The using up of fertility (of the soil..ed) is a transfer of past capital and of future possibilities to enrich a dishonest present: it is banditry pure and simple. Moreover, it is a particularly mean form of banditry because it involves the robbing of future generations which are not here to defend themselves.

 

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The Soil and Health: A Study of Organic Agriculture